Making silly but loveable oddballs to cheer myself up!

I’ve not had much work for a few months and it’s all rather stressful so instead of trying to make overcomplicated (or at least beyond my current skill set – I plan to improve!) I decided to stop being fussy.

So I’ve made several simple but cute little guys – I’ve mentioned my ‘Cats in Pants’ in another post and this one used the same body pattern and tail.

If you comb with a small teasel brush that you fluff up the material (or wool if using crochet/knitting to make a toy) but be careful as you can get carried away = hole!!

The hairy dude at the bottom has only partial brushed fur which gave him a hair style and eyebrows 🙂

I’ve also added some needle felting to the little one’s face and spots on his tail… I just need a name for him.

plush toy handmade - sleepy furry small and cute Hairy Mustache Dude toy plush

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MATS Nautical Submission…

I’m trying to decide which one…

This was the first one I did but thought I’d try to organise the waves more… MATS-Octopus-in-Storm-V2 … so ended up with this one… (the octopus needs darkening a little) MATS-Nautical-octopus-in-boat-FINAL-y … but it seems this little feller is preferred by friends and the MATS Bootcamp Facebook members… he is cute and I’ve printed him out and I need to find a frame to put him in 🙂 this version was just a quickie and wasn’t suppose to be the main work… I think for the next project I will try to do more sketching of ideas and think it through more rather than rushing ahead on the computer side of things… hmm… think I said that last time 😉

Swimming-Cap-Octopus
Rubber Ducky hoorah!

close up…

Close up of Octopus and rubber duck
Close up of Octopus and rubber duck

well I finally decided… the rubber ducky wins!
I didn’t want to ‘waste’ the boat version so I included that too
😀

off to submit it now.

MATS Bootcamp June Submission
MATS Bootcamp June Submission

The Bootcamp June 2014 Gallery is now open so you can see everyone else work on this theme too.

MATS Bootcamp June 2014 Gallery - Nautical Themed Wall Art
MATS Bootcamp June 2014 Gallery – Nautical Themed Wall Art

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Octopus Character Illustration … just for fun…

This little chap has got his new swim pants and cap on 🙂

Octopus Character Illustration ... just for fun...

SOS… LOST RUBBER DUCKY ALERT…

 found it… phew… close call.

I have now corrected that inexcusable error! (also brighten the swimming cap and tweaked some shadows and highlights… still a little murky… the sky bit that is…water tends to be a little murky anyway 😉

Swimming-Cap-Octopus
Rubber Ducky hoorah!

what do you think?
don’t make him cry now… that’s just cruel… wonder if he would like to sold as prints etc?

 

I’ve added him to my Etsy shop… 🙂

let me know if you want him tweaked, different colour pants/cap or size… http://etsy.me/1uXZ4L4 via @Etsy (the watermark/name/text wont appear on the actual purchased print!)

Octopus Swimming Champ with Rubber Ducky Cut and Fun Illustration - Children's Humour Wall Art Decoration
click pic to visit my Etsy shop 🙂
Octopus Swimming Champ with Rubber Ducky Cut and Fun Illustration - Children's Humour Wall Art Decoration
click pic to visit my Etsy shop 🙂

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Tesla Pup

I thought I would play with a doodle I created the other day that was inspired by a pattern in the V& book – I still want to change some of his markings though – not sure how yet.

Image The poop was accidental… I had a spare triangle left over and couldn’t help myself.

The doodle I created the other day which born this little guy out into the word… doodle poodle?

doodles
doodles

and the Lucienne Day ‘Graphica’ fabric that made me do the doodle…

Lucienne Day. Graphica.
Lucienne Day. Graphica. 1954

update:

 

Playing with puppies…

 

Tesla Pups Repeat Pattern>
Tesla Pups Repeat Pattern
Tesla Pups Triplets - Repeat Pattern
Tesla Pups Triplets – Repeat Pattern (the bottom one with the green strip has no poop featured on the pattern – but three puppies… one is sniffing the butt of the one in front and the other is sniffing a nose!)
Tesla Pups Repeat Pattern
Tesla Pups Repeat Pattern

Played with some poop… sorry

I’m so used to photoshop that Illustrator can get very frustrating.

I will have to find out how to add textures as my attempts didn’t work out.

Tesla Pups Triplets - Repeat Pattern
Tesla Pups Triplets – Repeat Pattern

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wee critters…

I’ve just made some proto-type critters using Spoonflower… a company that prints your designs onto fabric.

I was trying to make a screen print Clara rag doll but I had some problems with exposing the screen and I don’t really have the room to try again so I though I’d give Spoonflower a try!

3 'Blipi's from one fabric set - spoonflower
3 'Blipi's from one fabric set - spoonflower

one set has a set of 4 ranging from tiny to large cushions and another set has 2 giant cushions (two colours) and once I’ve tested and tweaked the design (I’m not too happy with it at the moment) then I can either sell it from Spoonflower (the printed fabric but the buyer sews it themselves) or do it myself and sell via etsy.com!

one giant 'Blipi' from Spoonflower Printed Fabric
one giant 'Blipi' from Spoonflower Printed Fabric
scarf up-cycled toy with Blipi's in the background
scarf up-cycled toy with Blipi's in the background

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